Dean Young Needs Heart Transplant, Kaminsky Named HMPI Director, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The poet Dean Young, who has struggled for over a decade with a degenerative heart condition that has recently gotten much worse, needs a heart transplant and financial help. The poet Tony Hoagland appeals for donations to the cause on National Foundation for Transplants.

The poet Ilya Kaminsky has been named the new director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a kind of think tank run by the Poetry Foundation, for a two-year term starting in January. (Press Release)

More information has come to light regarding the Utah bookseller who was murdered in her shop last week. While police still do not have any suspects in the case, a twist in her story has emerged: Shirley Black unknowingly purchasing a series of stolen, valuable rare books from a gang member with a history of violence. (KSL) Further details at Deseret News.

Is Yiddish literature the next big thing? (Jewish Daily Forward)

The publishing collective Mischief and Mayhem pulled off a mildly successful anticorporate book reading on Tuesday night in New York City. Called Action for a Dying Bookstore on the Verge of Bankruptcy, the event involved about two dozen people coordinated to walk out of the Union Square Barnes & Noble at the same time to attend a brief author reading directly outside the store. (Arts Beat)

According to Jacket Copy, Amazon is making Nielsen Bookscan sales data available to authors in real time, thus supplanting the old industry practice of waiting six months for a royalty statement from a publisher.

Romance novels and e-books fit together like fiery loins and heaving bosoms, says the New York Times.

Book lovers have been tweeting the reasons why they love to read (hashtag #whyIread) in great numbers over the last day or so, with the topic among the top ten trending nationwide yesterday. As Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg notes, "I'm one of those people who spends a lot of time talking about what I'm reading. It's nice to be reminded how important the why is to readers too."